Many homes in CA have refrigerator icemaker water supply lines that are very prone to bursts. They are convenient but when they burst they can cause floods ranging from slow leaks to sudden bursts. Some are plastic, others are copper. Some are connected initially under the home and others are connected with a wall. Many are connected with a quick connection that is very prone to flooding. To help prevent a flood such as this, use non-plastic tubing such as copper and have it installed professionally and insist on a conventional connection. Huge water problems for kitchen floods can happen from broken lines in kitchen refrigerators.
Here are the steps to dry out, clean up, and properly sanitize a flood from a refrigerator water line:
1. Shut off the water. Turn it off at the main if needed. Sometimes there will be a shutoff valve near the wall behind the refrigerator.
2. Call us immediately at 619.597.2003 for emergency services. We can take care of all the necessary steps.
3. Turn off electricity to the affected rooms. Located at the circuit breaker box the fuses can be found.
4. Determine the type of flood water and proceed as needed. Category 1 clean water will be cleaned up differently than category 3 black water, and differently than category 2 water. For example, in category 3 water ensuring the air in the affected room does not cross contaminate the adjacent rooms can be very important. We can use airscrubbers, containment, etc in these cases.
5. Remove the excess water. We use industrial water vacuums and extractors to remove water from carpet, linoleum, hardwood floors, cabinets, etc.
6. Determine the extent of where the water went to form a plan for drying. We will check with moisture meters such as penetrating, non-penetrating, and infrared meters to check where the water traveled.
7. Setup containment and equipment as necessary. We will use a combination of reducing the amount of air drying, air scrubbers, dehumidifiers, desiccants, heater, injectors, etc as needed to expedite the drying process.
8. Establish a moisture level baseline and check the moisture levels daily. We will schedule checking the equipment daily for proper drying. We will add, remove, and move equipment as necessary and size them per the applicable standards to ensure proper drying.
9. Clean all affected areas and apply an antimicrobial if applicable. In category 3 water losses we would use an antimicrobial agent. In all cases the affected areas that are to be dried will be thoroughly cleaned with a surfactant.
10. Dry the areas to normal condition. A “dry standard” will be established by our technicians as defined as the level of moisture inherently in similar materials in the house in unaffected rooms. We will ensure all affected areas are brought this level or lower.
11. Repair any areas needed to be removed. Things like drywall repair, texturing, painting, etc we can coordinate to get your home and your lives back to normal quickly.
12. Address the issue causing the flood. We can help you coordinate a certified plumber to fix the issue as well as offer alternatives such as replacing plastic lines with copper lines, making better connections, etc.